|Media Working Group|
The Media Working Group, effectively the executive committee of the Media Foundation, established the Media Council. Representatives of what were then the five primary news providers on the island — Bermuda Broadcasting Company, the Bermuda Sun, DeFontes Broadcasting Company, Inter-Island Communications (HOTT 1075) and The Royal Gazette — first got together in December 2008 to collectively set about establishing a media council. That move petered out (see Media Council Background) but the five-strong Group re-formed in May 2010 after the Media Council Act 2010 was tabled in the House of Assembly.
The Group pays the bulk of the costs of setting up/running the Media Council and media outlets are welcome to join the Group provided they are willing to meet the additional cost.
Jeremy Deacon, 51, the spouse of a Bermudian, is a 30-year veteran of the media industry in Bermuda and the UK, having worked at senior management levels on morning and evening newspapers. A former Assistant Editor at The Royal Gazette, he now runs his own public relations company, Deep Blue Communications.
After working as a reporter for newspapers in the U.K. for six years, Tony McWilliam joined the Bermuda Sun as a senior news reporter in 1990 and covered all the major events on the island over the next decade. He won a Best of Bermuda award for his reporting and in 1999, after a spell as reporter/sub-editor, Tony was appointed editor of the Sun. He studied journalism at Richmond College, Sheffield.